Opinion

Giving thanks for the blessings of 2017

Local Commentary

The leaves are changing colors and that reminds me that the holidays are just around the corner. My favorite holiday is and always has been Thanksgiving. I love the idea of sitting back, taking stock and expressing gratitude for the good things in our lives, whether those be personal, ...

Registering to vote: It’s the first step

Local Commentary

A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large, in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law. – Alexander Hamilton Nashua’s ...

The case for bigger government

Local Commentary

For about four decades, conventional wisdom has been telling us that government is too big. How much of our federal taxes go to paying civil servants inside the Beltway? Or outside it? And what do these federal employees do? I recently read that there are approximately 2.1 million federal ...

Common sense lacking on VA rule

Editorials

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place – and enforce – a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

Rescues come at a steep price

Editorials

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to hear ...

Weinstein action needed sooner

Editorials

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Intelligence agencies need overhaul

Editorials

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. On Wednesday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

City of Nashua school employees deserve better

Letters

Working for the Nashua School District for the past 20 1/2 years has been a rewarding and an “educational experience.” I cherish the many friends and fellow employees that I have met and worked with throughout that time period. My job for the last 17 1/2 years was implementing and ...

Officials must clarify gun-control goals

Letters

If the goal for gun control legislation is to prevent reoccurrence of massacres, then it must be a law that will correctly identify the perpetrator BEFORE he commits the crime. Impossible, right? So, if that legislation is impossible, proponents of gun control should specify what they really ...

President Trump needs to emulate Eisenhower

Letters

If our president wants to be respected, he should try to emulate President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who on April 16, 1953, said: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, and those who are cold ...

N. Korea destruction would cause huge loss of life

Letters

25 million people live in North Korea! If we annihilate North Korea with U.S. nuclear weapons, Donald Trump will kill twice the number of people compared to Hitler’s Holocaust. We killed more than one million Vietnamese people in 1968 alone. During the U.S. conflict in Vietnam, we killed more ...

Time to ‘take both knees’ on the football field

Letters

To those who disrespect our flag, disrespect our veterans and speak ill of our country, I suggest that you begin “taking both knees” during your on-field protest. Look to heaven and ask almighty God for divine intervention to resolve the problems that you are so passionate about. Obviously, ...

Animal trapping’s heydey is rightly over

Letters

Recently, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department was quoted in a promotional media story that trapping of furbearers is gaining in popularity. Hardly! New Hampshire trapping licenses sold in the 2016-2017 season are down to just 479. When the furbearer biologist at the department was asked ...

Relationships at the root of true gratitude

Local Commentary

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude. It’s the season of fruitfulness, of harvest, of the regal color of late flowers as though the garden is building a great crescendo, the last hurrah before the killing frost. But I don’t sense a lot of gratitude around me. In fact, I ...

Stricter gun control means government tyranny

Local Commentary

The gun smoke had barely cleared from the 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where Stephen Paddock committed his atrocity, before Democrat politicians, late-night TV hosts and other left-wing types were calling for “common sense gun laws” to prevent further such acts. It ...

Government must be more judicious

Editorials

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

We all have a right to know

Editorials

Government officials and employees are notorious for trying to keep documents secret from the public. That is why, in New Hampshire, we have open records laws requiring release of such information, except in certain circumstances. Reportedly, officials in some other states have come up with a ...

Pelosi on the mark about aid effort

Editorials

It is rare, but sometimes House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is right. She was last week, in calling for deployment of more military resources to aid the hurricane-ravaged islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pelosi, D-Calif., made the recommendation, as more ...

Veteran lends perspective to recent flag flap

Letters

I am a combat veteran from Vietnam. I served two tours in the infantry and was engaged in some of the most violent fighting of that war. I do not consider it an insult to our flag, our military or our way of life if some choose to kneel during the playing of our national anthem. I do ...

NCC sees increase in student success

Local Commentary

NASHUA – Organizations sometimes carry preconceived notions about what they stand for, or what they are capable of accomplishing. For some, community colleges are not seen as a reliable pathway to success. But the truth is in the numbers. The parent organization of NCC, the Community College ...